Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to have surgery on injured knee Tuesday

Jon Meoli
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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is having surgery Tuesday to repair his torn-up left knee.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will have surgery Tuesday on his injured left knee, 16 days after suffering season-ending ACL and MCL tears in the Nov. 22 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Coach John Harbaugh said Flacco was in Birmingham, Ala., with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews Monday going through pre-surgery protocols. His knee is expected to be repaired at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Flacco has been around the team facility in Owings Mills for the past two weeks, waiting for swelling to go down in the knee. While the ACL will be repaired, it’s unclear whether the MCL tear will be allowed to heal on its own or also be surgically repaired.

If the MCL needs to be repaired too, it would add an estimated four-to-six weeks to Flacco’s recovery. That will likely be determined during the surgery.

Harbaugh said right after the injury that it was “probably way early and obviously speculative, but the indications that I've been given would be that he would be back for the start of training camp and it wouldn't be an issue.”

Flacco wrote on Facebook last week that "with help from modern medicine, combined with old-fashioned hard work, I should be good as new."

Flacco finished the season having completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,791 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His injury ended a streak of 137 straight starts, the second-longest run by a quarterback to start his career in NFL history.

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